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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense and The American Crisis, two of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, hitherto an unpopular cause. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights... Read More

BornThomas Pain
February 9, 1737 (N.S.)
Thetford, England
DiedJune 8, 1809 (aged 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EraAge of Enlightenment


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